Deven Spear, Chief Innovation Officer of Overabove

Deven Spear is the Chief Innovation Officer of Overabove, a marketing and communications firm in Essex, CT.

Deven is a serial entrepreneur founding six companies. Many of the businesses focused on technology, marketing and sales solutions. Ranging from small operations to Fortune 500 organizations. Working on custom application development and customer relationship management systems spurred Deven to think of using data to orchestrate customer experiences and advance an entirely new generation of customer engagement.

Ken Mason, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, The Gunnery School

In 2016, Ken joined The Gunnery, a boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades 9-12, in Washington, Connecticut.  In this role as Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications​, Ken serves on the senior leadership team, contributing to the strategic direction and operation of the school and leads the school’s Advancement Team. Among his department’s areas of concentration are the school’s website, print and digital communications, community and public relations, social media, advertising, and the visual brand and messaging of the school’s programs.

Nicole A. DuFauchard

Head of School

Advent School

Michael Buensuceso, MSW

Director of Cultural Competency

Berwick Academy

John Visgilio, Principal and Co-founder of Overabove

John Visgilio is Principal and Co-founder of Overabove, a marketing and communications firm in Essex, CT.

John didn’t come from the ivory tower of the traditional agency world. He came from news, where he uncovered compelling stories that broke through. So he thinks differently about just about everything: strategy, collaboration, results, you name it. That’s why he created a different kind of agency. One that uses traditional and new media in ways other agencies don’t understand.

Nancy Clark, Owner of Drive Brand Studio

Nancy is fortunate to be surrounded by amazing team of fun, enthusiastic and savvy marketers who inspire her every day. The Drive team loves branding for clients throughout the country and they are energized by the mantra “do great work for nice people and have fun doing it.” She also serves on the NH Humanities Board, the NH Joint Promotional Program Committee and the Washington DC-based Small Business Advisory Council.  Her personal interests include travel that combines any & all outdoor activities particularly hiking and cycling.

Eric Rolfson, President, Rolfson Group, Inc.

Eric François Rolfson is President of the Rolfson Group, Inc. ( Before founding the Group, Eric spent more than 30 years raising money for nonprofit institutions and held leadership positions in $10 million, $35 million and $150 million comprehensive fundraising campaigns at Thomas College, Colby College, and the University of Maine.

Ross Gibson

Ross Gibson is leadership and organizational development consultant and facilitator.  Through The Richards Group Employee Benefits Group and its subsidiary, The Green Mountain Leadership Center, Ross works with organizations to help develop positive leadership growth.   Prior to working as a consultant, Ross was Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at World Learning, a global academic institution and Non-Governmental Organization based in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Ross has held other several senior level positions.  He is active in several local and regional Human Resources a

Robin Schell, APR, Fellow PRSA

Robin Schell  is senior counsel and partner for Jackson Jackson & Wagner, a behavioral public relations and management consulting firm serving a national base of clients.  Robin’s specialties include issue anticipation and crisis communication programs, employee communications, community relationship-building, behavioral research & strategic planning.  The firm’s clients range from private schools and small nonprofit organizations to Fortune 50 companies and government entities.

Andy Shepard, President/CEO, Outdoor Sport Institute

Andy Shepard spent 16 years at L.L.Bean in Freeport, Maine working on strategies, products and services to inspire people to spend time outdoors. While at L.L.Bean Andy developed a strategy to create a new economic and cultural model for Northern Maine, which became the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) in the Spring of 1999.


Subscribe to ISANNE - Independent Schools Association of Northern New England RSS